2016 NYS Kairos Committee Chairman: Tom Peryea


A community spiritually freed from the effects of imprisonment reaching all impacted by incarceration, through the love, hope, and faith found in Jesus Christ.


The mission of the Kairos Prison Ministry is to share the transforming love and forgiveness of Jesus Christ to impact the hearts and lives of incarcerated men, women and youth, as well as their families, to become loving and productive citizens of their communities.

Click here to listen to a Kairos interview on Redeemer Broadcasting.

Click here to watch a PBS documentary on the Kairos Prison Ministry.

To request a copy of the minutes of the last NYS Kairos Committee Meeting please email Toni Sessamen.

To make a donation to the NYS Kairos Committee via the U.S. Mail, please send to:

Kairos of NY
PO Box 124
Campbell Hall, NY 10916

Checks should be made payable to: Kairos Prison Ministry International, Inc.

“Please indicate on the “Memo Line” which Advisory Council you would like your donation to be credited to.”

The 2 Kairos Programs in NYS:

1. Kairos Inside: Kairos Programs for Incarcerated Men and Women.

KI Brochure – (click on this link to view the Kairos Inside brochure)


There are currently seven correctional facilities in New York State that Kairos services. Albion is the only womens’ correctional facility that Kairos services in NYS. Clinton, Coxsackie, Greene, Gouverneur, Shawangunk, and Wende are mens’ correctional facilities that Kairos services.

Well-organized and well-trained volunteer teams of men and women from the communities surrounding an institution present an introductory 3-day weekend, described as a short course in Christianity. This inter-denominational team of volunteers — both clergy and laypersons — works in cooperation with the chaplain who carefully selects up to 42 inmate leaders to attend. A well-organized follow up program is part of this ministry.

2. Kairos Outside: A support weekend for women who have a relative or friend who is, or has been, incarcerated.

KO Brochure – (click on this link to view the Kairos Outside brochure)


There are now three Kairos Outside communities in New York State. They are KO FingerLakes, KO MidHudson, and KO NYC.

Kairos outside is designed to support the families of men and women who are, or have been incarcerated in the country’s state and federal correctional facilities, as well as county jails and our offender programs. The spouses, parents, other relatives and friends of the incarcerated often “do time” right along with their relatives or friends. It is important for them to know that they are not alone and that there is a Christian community that cares about them. This support is provided in a safe environment with Christian people during a Kairos Outside weekend. During this weekend, the guests will have a chance to interact with other women who are in similar situations and learn how to form small groups of support thereby giving them strength in their life journey. The purpose of Kairos Outside is to demonstrate God’s grace and love through Christian support for women who have relatives or friends who are or who have been incarcerated.